Juvenile Court Hancock County

Allan H. Davis

Hancock County Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Davis was elected as the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge in 1974 and has held that position continually since that date.  Judge Davis received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1965 and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 1968.

Prior to being elected as the Probate/Juvenile Judge, Judge Davis was a partner in the Law Firm of Oxley, Davis and Oxley from 1968 to 1974. 

Judge Davis is a past president of the Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  Judge Davis is a life-long resident of the City of Findlay and is the longest serving Juvenile and Probate Court Judge in the State of Ohio.

Kristen K. Johnson

 Hancock County Juvenile Court Magistrate

Kristen Johnson was appointed the Magistrate in Hancock County Juvenile and Probate Court on April 1, 2010. Prior to that, she was employed as an Assistant Prosecutor with Hancock County for approximately seventeen (17) years.  She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo in 1993.  Kristen was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice in 2012.  She is the Founder and Past President of Hancock County Center for Safe and Healthy Children, has served on the boards of the Hancock Christian Clearing House, Hancock Youth Leadership and Ohio Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Kristen is a graduate of the JoAnne Davidson Leadership Institute in 2012.  She received the CASA Community Light of Hope Award in 2006 and 2009.  Kristen has served as a Guardian ad Litem for children and currently trains others to be GAL’s through the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Kristen is married to her husband Phil and they have four children. 

Office Information

Office Hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Monday - Friday (Except Legal Holidays)
Email Address: juvenile@co.hancock.oh.us
Phone Number 419-424-7066
Fax Number 419-424-7898
Bicentennial Juvenile Court

Description & Jurisdiction of Juvenile Court?

The courts of common pleas, the only trial courts created by the Ohio Constitution, are established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution. The jurisdiction of courts of common pleas is outlined in Article IV, Seciton 4.

There is a court of common pleas in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Courts of common pleas have original jurisdiction in all felony cases and all civil cases in which the amount in controversy exceeds $500. Most courts of common pleas have specialized divisions created by statute to decide cases involving juveniles, probate matters, and domestic relations matters. Hancock County is one of 71 courts in Ohio that has both probate and juvenile jurisdiction.

Juvenile Divisions hear cases involving persons under 18 years of age, and cases dealing with unruly, abused, dependent, and neglected children. They also have jurisdiction in adult cases involving paternity, child abuse, nonsupport, visitation, custody, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Common Pleas judges are elected in odd-numbered years to six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. A person must be an attorney with at least six years of experience in the practice of law to be elected or appointed as a common pleas judge. The Governor makes appointments to fill vacancies in courts of common pleas that occur between elections.